Cavaliers Visit Boston College On Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men’s basketball team will be looking to even its Atlantic Coast Conference record at 2-2 on Wednesday (Jan. 19) when the Cavaliers play at Boston College.
Wednesday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network. The game will not be televised.
UVa enters the game with an overall record of 10-7 and a 1-2 record in the ACC. The Cavaliers have dropped their last two games, losing to North Carolina (62-56, Jan. 8) and to Duke (76-60, Jan. 15) in ACC contests. Virginia led at the half in both of those games and in all three of its conference games this season.
In their loss at then top-ranked Duke last Saturday, the Cavaliers led 31-25 at halftime and by five points (44-39) with 13:09 left in the game before the Blue Devils rallied for the victory. Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan and freshman guard Joe Harris each scored 15 points to lead Virginia. Junior center Assane Sene led UVa with five rebounds.
With Mike Scott out for the season with a left ankle injury, the Cavaliers have three players averaging in double figures. Farrakhan is averaging 12.4 points a game, followed by Harris at 10.2 and freshman guard KT Harrell at 10.0 points a game. Scott averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds a game in the 10 games in which he played this season.
Sophomore guard Jontel Evans leads Virginia in assists (66, 3.9 apg.) and steals (26, 1.5 spg.). Sene is averaging 4.2 rebounds a game.
Boston College enters Wednesday’s game with an overall record of 13-5 and a 3-1 record in the ACC. The Eagles are coming off a 72-71 loss at Miami last Saturday (Jan. 15).
Virginia leads the series with Boston College 7-4 and the teams have split eight games since the Eagles joined the ACC. The teams split two games last season with Boston College winning 68-55 at home during the regular season and UVa winning 68-62 in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro. The Cavaliers are 1-2 in games played at Boston College.
Four players are averaging in double figures in scoring for the Eagles led by junior guard Reggie Jackson who is averaging 19.6 points a game. Jackson also leads the team in assists with 84 (4.7 apg.).
Also averaging in double figures in scoring for Boston College are senior forward Joe Trapani (13.7 ppg.), senior forward Corey Raji (12.6 ppg.) and senior guard Biko Paris (10.8 ppg.). Raji is averaging a team-leading 6.9 rebounds a game and Trapani is averaging 6.6 rebounds a game.
Steve Donahue is in his first season as head coach at Boston College. Donahue was the head coach at Cornell for 10 years before taking over the Boston College program. His Cornell teams compiled an overall record of 146-138 and participated in the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons.
After the game at Boston College the Cavaliers return home to play Georgia Tech on Saturday (Jan. 22). That game is scheduled to begin at noon and will be televised by the ACC Network.